Melrose Avenue is renowned throughout the world as one of Los Angeles’ most walkable and unique shopping, dining and entertainment destinations. Downtown Melrose encompasses the 22 blocks along Melrose Avenue that stretch from Fairfax to Highland. More than 300 alternative and independent stores offer a wide array of merchandise found nowhere else in the city.
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The Best Hats On Melrose Avenue: From Sassy Snapbacks To Cali Cowboy
Never underestimate the power of a great hat to make an unforgettable statement. Literally, they can have slogans and logos that present your particular worldview. Figuratively, they can evoke a time and place that’s special to you. Is your hat jam sporty? Chic? Otherworldly? Melrose Avenue has hats that are just your style, that perfectly fit your dome, and that you won’t find anywhere else. Check out just a few that are in store now. AMERICAN REBEL We may no longer be settlers, but we still are Southwesterners. And a well-rounded SoCal closet needs a proper wide-brimmed felt western hat. American Rebel has great choices for gently used, nicely-priced hats that have just enough bling to make the modern perfection. AMERICAN REBEL 7474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles 90046 323.944.0195 https://www.facebook.com/American-Rebel-Society-142459992577861/ COSMOS GLAMSQUAD Can your head even handle it? This Royal Fighter Hat by Punk Kouture is one of the spectacular headpieces that won’t be missed at Cosmos Glamsquad. Not only will you never be lost in a crowd, you’ll likely be declared its ruler. COSMOS GLAMSQUAD 7367 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046 323.951.1141 www.cosmosglamsquad.com GOORIN BROS. So say you’ve got an outdoor, day time wedding and your suit is dapper […]
Hot Spots to Sip a Cool Drink
If you’re looking for a hot spot to sip a cool drink on a warm summer day, Melrose Ave. is the place to go. With a wide range of venues to hoist a tasty summer libation, get ready to raise a toast to SoCal living on Melrose. The Dark Room Nosh on a Southern Fried Chicken sandwich with house slaw and Chipotle Ranch, or go with cheese pizza or deep fried cauliflower while enjoying a wide range of generous mixed drinks from the basics on up in this convivial bar. This spot is often a before or after spot for patrons of The Groundlings comedy theater next door. From comfy booths to high top tables, there’s room to linger and enjoy tap beers or a Red Bull vodka, or on a sunny day, one of the perfectly spiced Bloody Marys that The Dark Room is known for. And of course, don’t miss making a pose in the bar’s super popular photo booth. That’s picture-perfect. The Dark Room 7302 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046 (323) 931-3800 The Parlor Classic cocktails go with a wide variety of tasty eats at this relaxed but hip spot. The beverage menu was crafted by […]
A Theatre Festival Debut, Queer Improv, And A Pop Art Party: The Best Of Entertainment On Melrose In July
Like everything else on Melrose Avenue, the great thing about the entertainment choices is that they are unlike anything you’ll find anywhere else in L.A. This month, there’s a gallery party and a femme writer festival as well as some of the longest-running shows in the country! And of course, any of your nights out for entertainment can be enhanced by a pre- and post-show meal and drinks at one of the best restaurants or coolest bars in the city. Here’s all the entertainment on Melrose Avenue in July: DA POETRY LOUNGE @ GREENWAY COURT THEATRE Every Tuesday at 9am, Greenway Court Theatre is home to the country’s largest weekly open mic night. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Da Poetry Lounge brings some of the most powerful performers to the stage for three hours of rhyme, music, dance, and comedy. You’ll never see it happen like this again, and you’ll never forget it. GREENWAY COURT THEATRE 544 No. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles 90036 323.673.0544 www.greenwaycourttheatre.org SCHMABARET! PRESENTS LADY @ THE GROUNDLINGS THEATRE Must-see one-night-onlys are happening all month at Groundlings. On July 12, the comedy duo Schmabaret! perform a rock-n-roll parody as the infamous rock band Lady, queer improvisers return on […]
What Is A Pirolo’s Panino? Melrose Avenue’s Answer To The Ultimate Sandwich
Pirolo’s Panino is the ultimate sandwich spot. The perfect fast-casual dining venue for succulent sandwiches, to-go orders, and delivery, Chef Michael Pirolo is sating appetites with the same style he sports at his upscale South Beach spot in Miami. There, his sophisticated restaurant Macchialina received a semi-finalist spot in the James Beard awards; here, Pirolo’s Panino serves up delicious sandwiches, plates, small bites, and dessert that can be consumed anywhere, including in-store at comfortable plank tables. So, what are you dining on? Well, starters include cheese puffs, airy ricotta and mozzarella fritters served with house marinara. The puffs can also be made into a panini for a yummy vegetarian sandwich. Either way, they’re essentially a delicately crisp take on mozzarella sticks. Other starters include beef and pork meatballs and buffalo chicken wings served with homemade blue cheese and celery. The chef’s menu encourages diners to “eat your greens” and with a simple Caesar Salad that includes sundried tomatoes, or a chef’s salad that mixes salami, provolone, olives, and crispy chickpeas in a house vinaigrette, it would be hard to refuse. But then we come to the sandwiches, which are the heart and soul of the menu. The classic Chicken Parm […]
Juicy News On Melrose Ave.
Get juicy! There are plenty of healthy, happiness-inducing juice drinks and treats available right on Melrose Avenue. It’s a perfect way to power up for a day of shopping and browsing. Trendy spots serve up unique flavor combinations that are juice-tacular, good for body and soul. BEEFSTEAK Veggie-centric dining in this fast-casual spot includes a variety of lovely juices and smoothies. Enjoy treats such as the OG Original Green with a zippy combo of kale, spinach, apple, celery, cucumber, lemon, and ginger. Or how about the sweet and delicious Honey Cream, which is a blend of pineapple, coconut, ginger, and carrot? Then for a spicy swirl, there’s the Volcano, made with carrot, beets, grapefruit, ginger, and yep, habanero chilies. And when it comes to smoothies, popular blends include the Blue Bonanza, a rich mix of almond milk, blueberry, banana, plant protein, and almond butter. Nuts for Cacao Nibs satisfies that chocolate craving in the most healthy of ways, with coconut milk, cinnamon, banana, cocoa nibs, honey, cacao, dates, and maca. Feeling a bit decadent? Then take part in the venue’s Retox While You Detox plan – you can add a shot of high-end alcohol to any juice or smoothie, from […]
Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch
To sign up and become a member of Melrose Action and their Neighborhood Watch, click the link below. You’ll receive their weekly newsletter, notices and invitations to their neighbors only meetings and email alerts about serious crimes in the area. It’s free and supported by local residents and businesses.
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Melrose Avenue runs through the heart of West Hollywood and Hollywood. It is easily accessible by freeway (close to the 10 and the 101) and public transportation. Its sunny outdoor setting and colorful selection of shops and restaurants provides a unique, walkable experience unlike any in Los Angeles.
Best Of Melrose
How To Get Your Sexiest Summer Skin : The Best Skin Care Products And Services On Melrose
It’s summertime, and yay! now we get to shed approximately one layer of winter clothing and start showing some skin. While a good regime is important all year long, it’s time to really focus on moisturizing, sun-safe skincare. There are excellent spas for services and skincare products on Melrose Avenue to get your scaly, ashy, unbalanced epidermis ready for summer. ELEGANCE STUDIO Ooohhh, that feeling of a serious scrub and then a refreshing mask. It’s like rebuilding your entire face. This combo kit from Elegance is a home facial and perfect for man skin. Just scrub off the dead skin cells, banish blackheads, and get super-clean, then restore and balance with a fresh-smelling mask. Easy, guys. Get on it! ELEGANCE STUDIO 7600 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046 323.452.0093 www.elegancestudio.com FLOYD’S 99 All-in-one products are gifts from the gods. Floyd’s 99 Refresh is one of the best, especially for summer. It soothes skin that spent too much time in the sun, it hydrates dry skin, and it smells delightful so if your hair, pits, or skin are a little stanky it’ll be a good cover-up until shower time. FLOYD’S 99 7300 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046 323.965.7600 www.floyds99barbershop.com GREEN LINE BEAUTY […]
Best Father’s Day Gifts On Melrose For Your Badass Dad
DAD NEEDS A DANG HAIRCUT Is your dad’s tired look making you crazy? It’s 2018, pop, time to freshen up! Doesn’t need to be dreads, braids, or even a precision shaved design (though by all means, go for it!), maybe just an OG fade and some good ole pampering will get dad to turn in his clippers. ACE OF FADES 7518 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046 323.653.5436 www.facebook.com/acecoffadesla DAD’S GOT A SHOE FETISH If your dad has a shoe closet that rivals Dre Johnson’s on “Blackish,” feed the sneak beast with something special for his feets. Prepare to buck up for a quality, hard-to-find brand, then prepare to watch your pop cry with happiness. COOL KICKS LA 7565 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046 www.instagram.com/coolkicksla INDIANA DAD, THE OUTDOOR GUY If your dad is a weekend warrior who laughs maniacally at the idea of Netflix and chill, consider the Jumanji: a practical yet pretty darn cute hat that offers protection from the elements while adding a little hipster flair to the outdoor gear. HOLLYWOOD HATTERS 6905 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90038 323.525.1912 www.hollywoodhatter.com OK, YOU’VE GOT A HOT DAD Ain’t nothing wrong with having a dad that loves clothes and takes […]
Celebrate The Summer Solstice With The Coolest Seasonal Food And Fun On Melrose
Summer gets official on June 21. With the solstice upon us, it’s time to think about having fun in the sun, relaxing in the shade, and enjoying the food that is most abundant this time of year. Get ready for the dog days with these summer-specific gifts and foods from Melrose Avenue. BEEFSTEAK When it feels like 1000 degrees but you need to eat something, a cool, fresh salad is always a good choice. A hyper-healthy, organic, and tasty salad from Beefsteak is the good choice on Melrose. Perfect for summer, the Sunflower Caesar with sunflower dressing and hemp seeds is quite satisfying. BEEFSTEAK 7661 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046 323.424.7443 www.beefsteakveg.com COLD ROLLED ICE CREAM COMPANY The summer saviors at Cold Rolled are offering a most special seasonal combo, celebrating “true California style” and it’s called Strawberry Avocado Cream. Fresh avo + organic ice cream + milk drizzle + whipped cream + strawberries is all kinds of yum! COLD ROLLED ICE CREAM COMPANY 7266 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046 323.452.0881 www.coldrolledicecream.com HOUSE OF INTUITION Summer is all about the sun which we get in mighty doses on the west coast. The tarot sun card represents vitality, splendor, energy. Invoke […]
What’s On Stage? Entertainment On Melrose Avenue In June
You have many options when it comes to live entertainment in Los Angeles, so the venues on Melrose Avenue take special care to present music and theatre that is absolutely unlike anything you’ll see anywhere else. Best of all, there are plenty of excellent restaurants and bars within walking distance so your pre-show and post-show food and libations are fully covered. Here’s what on stage this June on Melrose Avenue: A VERY BRITISH LESBIAN @ ZEPHYR THEATRE Written and starring Fiona Goodwin, A Very British Lesbian is a one-British-lesbian show about Fiona’s journey to living out of the closet. For thirty years, she lied to herself in deference to the family, country, and religion that wanted her to be straight. Then she saved her own life. The show runs on Sundays through July 1 at Zephyr Theatre. ZEPHYR THEATRE 7456 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046 www.zephyrtheatre.com A RIPE FRENZY @ GREENWAY COURT THEATRE A winner of the 2016 NNPN Smith Prize for Political Theatre, Ripe Frenzy is now playing at Greenway Court Theatre. A timely and bold new work, the play explores a mass shooting at a small town high school theatre through the experience of mothers in the community. […]
I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For Ice Cream On Melrose Ave.
Summer is coming, even if May grey is here and June gloom seems to be on the horizon. On Melrose Ave., ice cream is a year ‘round treat at these tasty spots. So where should you go to get your ice-cream-screams going? ALTA NORDIC KITCHEN With a name like Alta Nordic, you just know there’s going to be something cold for dessert. And there are two unique ice cream-centric choices on the eclectic menu. Try the Apple Dessert, featuring a thin sliced apple on phyllo, vanilla ice cream, and caramel, or the Ginger Pear, a poached ginger pear with almonds and chocolate sauce, and of course – vanilla ice cream. You won’t find this back in Kansas. Alta Nordic Kitchen 7274 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046 (323)746-5221 https://www.altanordickitchen.com/ BARBARA JEAN Settle back and enjoy the upscale soul food vibe of the Peach Crumble on one of Melrose Ave.’s prettiest patios – perfect for a summer night. The perfect, airy pie-like concoction is made with fresh fruit, dulce con leche, and a luscious coconut sorbet. Barbara Jean 7469 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA. (323) 718-5142 http://barbarajeanla.com/ COLD ROLLED ICE CREAM COMPANY It doesn’t get any more delicious – or more […]
Celebrating The Earth Melrose Style
Spring is a great time to celebrate the Earth, Melrose style. From eco-friendly gifts to beautiful blooms and of-the-earth treats, Melrose is the place to nurture nature. HOUSE OF INTUITION There’s nothing like a little ‘balance’ to keep the earth turning, and with House of Intuition’s apothecary selections, there’s plenty of that. Check out the Balance Bath Bomb, an 100% organic stress reliever of bergamot and eucalyptus. You’ll find all natural essential oils from basil to cinnamon, too. House of Intuition 7449 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90046 (213) 413-8300 https://houseofintuitionla.com/ KTOWN COLLECTIVE Licensed for recreational use, this cannabis collective offers organic indicas and sativas as flower tinctures – including CBD for pets, topical creams, oils, and patches. KTown Collective 7382 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046 (323) 951-9513 http://ktowncollective.com LAWSON-FENNING Looking for an eco-friendly gift? As staff member Maria says, many of this shop’s beautiful furnishings and accessories are made with the best natural materials. “Humble Ceramics is especially earth-friendly. The LA-based artist creates a full line of dinnerware and she has beautiful canisters with all natural cork tops. Cork is a sustainable material of course.” Lawson-Fenning 6824 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90038 323.934.0048 www.lawsonfenning.com NATUREWELL2 ORGANIC JUICE BAR […]
Mother’s Day: Not-Your Average Gifts For Not-Your Average Moms
Everyone knows that the coolest moms in town shop on Melrose Ave. – so, of course, when it comes to Mother’s Day gifts, or gifts for mom any time of year, Melrose is the ultimate one-stop shopping experience. CONSORT This beautifully curated and eclectic shop offers a wide range of items that will please mom. According to staff member Nadia, “One of our top sellers is a blush pink pillow – it is our number one seller, and we make it ourselves. We also have a beautiful ashtray, that no one ever uses as an ashtray. It’s a gorgeous crystalized piece that is just $98 and is very unique. People use it to put jewelry in, or to put their keys in when they come in the door. It’s very popular and pretty, and would make a great Mother’s Day gift.” CONSORT 6918 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90038 323.930.5688 www.consort-design.com HOUSE OF INTUITION There’s something “intuitively” wonderful about the Mother’s Day finds at House of Intuition. Check out the shop’s own crystal-infused Hair Mystics: a “heady” mix of hair sea salt texturizer, hair perfume, self-protection mist, and magical vibes. Mom will also love the shop’s gorgeous crystals, and crystal-infused body polishes. […]
Spring Fling Shopping For Things
It’s spring – our chilly weather seems as if it is finally behind us, and that means it’s time for spring cleaning, spring flowers, and spring shopping. And there’s no better place for a shopping fling than on Melrose Ave. From sun hats to cute dresses and fresh-looking footwear, Melrose has it all. ATOMIC CITY Silver jewelry, leather jewelry, jewelry with attitude, heft, and style. You’ll find whatever look you crave, just waiting for you to accessorize for spring. It’s the right time of year to add a little sparkle and shine. ATOMIC CITY 7612 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046 323.653.7533 COSMO’S GLAMSQUAD Celebrity stylist and fashion designer Cosmo Lombino offers everything from ballroom skirts to stunning sweater dresses and signature high-low peplum sheer lace tops. Your spring style will be all a-dazzle choosing your fashion wardrobe here. COSMOS GLAMSQUAD 7367 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046 323.951.1141 https://www.cosmosglamsquad.com/ FLASHER From casual streetwear to designer styles, Flasher carries the hottest new designers from NY, LA, London, Italy, and Bali. You’ll even find unique pieces from local designers like Junker and Aunt Funky’s Closet. Flasher 7609 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046 323.655.3375 http://flashermelrose.com/ HOLLYWOOD HATTERS It’s straw hat season at Hollywood […]
Juice Butchers: Get Juicy
Juice bars and life in Los Angeles seem to go hand in hand these days, and Melrose Ave. has just welcomed the newest juicy arrival: Juice Butchers. Juice Butchers calls itself a neighborhood juice bar, and the spot prides itself on making “100% fresh, raw, vegan, organic, cold-pressed juice” according to staff. The idea behind Juice Butchers is that juice doesn’t need to be expensive or pretentious, and to that end, prices are reasonable, staff are friendly, and the shop is bright and fresh, open daily from 9 to 7. There’s a pretty outside patio with green tables; inside there’s a cool minimalist mural of a butcher on the wall, sleek dark wood community counters, metal stools. The overall look is light and airy, the vibe is friendly, almost like an old-fashioned soda fountain. You could hang out here, or get your juice and other good-for-you snacks on the go. The menu includes juice, smoothies, wellness shots, tonics, and food items such as an acai bowl and a Chipotle Wrap. While juices are the main focus of the menu – as they should be – the acai bowl is a beautiful one, and decked out with pears, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, […]
Stuff’d Dumpling: Ready To Get Stuffed?
Stuff’d Dumpling is just two months old, but already this bright and airy Melrose eatery is getting patrons delightfully stuffed themselves. The chef-made dumplings are gluten-free, made with organic and locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible, and embody the very essence of comfort food. Founding partner Liza Tevelev says her love of dumplings started when she was a child. “I grew up eating and making these dumplings my whole life. I was born in Russia, and when I moved to L.A. I would make and eat them with my friends, and people really seemed to enjoy them.” Tevelev and her business partner Matt Cooper decided to leave the world of finance and create their own take on delicious dumplings. “I had a food blog and worked in a food start-up at one point, so this was kind of a natural progression,” she notes. This is Tevelev’s first restaurant, although her executive chef Missy Kim previously served the same role at Café Stella, worked as private chef for LCD Sound System, and as talent agent Ari Emanuel’s private chef. “Matt and Missy added their own take on dumplings, and the concept developed from there. From my idea, they brought in flavors that were […]
Blackbird Fly – to Blackbird Pizza on Melrose Ave.
Blackbird Pizza is absolutely the pizza shop of the moment on Melrose Ave. Offering thin-crust and deep-dish, this casual, bright, modern pizzeria ends the debate about which is style of pizza pie is best: here, they are both pretty terrific. With spare bare-wood tables, a window counter for people-watching, and fun graphics on the wall, this is a small but cool looking spot, and makes a good place to settle in and relax over a pizza and a beer. In fact, the beer menu is even more extensive than the spot’s choice of pizzas. You’ll also find meatball options (no vegan, at least not yet), and other fine snacks. Owner and chef Luis Ulloa has created dining venues in New York and San Francisco; in the latter location he assisted with the well-regarded Little Star Pizza. Perhaps that was the link to his latest venture, but regardless of its origin, Melrose Ave., and Los Angeles itself is grateful for the chance to put to rest – or put to a tie – the deep dish/thin crust debate. Before tackling that one, it’s well-worth noting that Blackbird also soars with the “snacks” section of its menu, such as a local burrata […]
John Kolaski, Michael Pirolo And Giancarlo Pagani Launch Pirolo’s Panino On Melrose
After several successful pop-ups in Miami, hospitality veteran John Kolaski partnered with Michael Pirolo (James Beard Award Semi-Finalist) and Giancarlo Pagani (of Pagani Projects) to bring renowned Italian sandwich shop, Pirolo’s Panino, to Melrose Avenue. The official grand opening for Pirolo’s Panino takes place Tuesday, April 24 at 7461 Melrose Ave., in the space formerly occupied by Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese. Pirolo’s will offer limited seating as its main focus is take-out and delivery. Pirolo’s Panino will deliver throughout West Hollywood, while private cloud kitchens will extend delivery-only options throughout Downtown, Hollywood and Central Los Angeles. “After opening more than 60 venues over the past decade, I’ve seen firsthand how guests have evolved beyond the restaurants of the past. We expect culinary thoughtfulness and creativity anywhere we enjoy a glass of wine, a meal or a snack,” said John Kolaski, Founder, CEO and Curator of K2 Restaurants. “…I’ve brought together a group of creative and curious people to build distinctive gastronomic experiences in restaurants and other unexpected places.” Pirolo’s combines bold, authentic flavors with thoughtfully-sourced ingredients to create exceptional American-Italian classics. Focused on great tasting signature sandwiches, Pirolo’s will also feature a selection of Chef favorites including salads, plates, sides and desserts. Signature paninos will include […]
Japan’s #1 Resale Retailer, 2nd Street, Opens Its First American Store On Melrose
2nd Street Melrose is FINALLY open, and a welcome addition to the shopping district’s family of stores. The fashion-forward second-hand clothing retailer opened its first location in North America on Melrose, and has already established itself as a go-to for both bargain lovers and trendsetters. With almost 600 locations in Japan, 2nd Street is one of that country’s leading reuse businesses. The stores there refurbish and resell everything from baby goods to electronics, and is a popular family shopping option. 2nd Street is everywhere in Japan. Both Ms. Nakamura and Mr. Seiya Magori worked on the retail side of the company in Japan before moving to Los Angeles to open the Melrose store. It was a massive financial and geographical leap for the overseas company to consider launching in the U.S. Why Los Angeles, and why Melrose? San Francisco, New York, and Chicago were considered, but L.A. had the preferred fashion sense. “Trendy is very important,” suggested Ms. Nakamura. “People really enjoy fashion here, many styles.” Added Mr. Magori, “Melrose is very popular in Japan. I visited here 15 years ago, and I liked Melrose culture.” Prior to the physical opening, 2nd Street opened a vibrant, ever-expanding (1000s of items) […]
Step Into The Parlor Room: A One-Stop Shop For Men’s Grooming
Chill vibes, cool style, and a sleek environment with pro service: that’s The Parlor Room, a premiere men’s grooming lounge – a.k.a. a high-quality barbershop. Owner Gina Grogan promises “an experience like none other. We don’t just cut hair, we groom.” Client accolades seem to prove her point, with faithful fans flocking to the spot which just celebrated its first anniversary on February 4th. Clients are loyal to their experienced stylists, licensed pros with many years of barbering behind them. The team adheres to The Parlor Room’s philosophy, “We believe grooming is essential.” Grogan and company invite clients to relax in their lounge area, and even serve up a complimentary spirits on Fridays and Saturdays. During service, hairstyles are crafted to suit personal style, and facials, manicures, and pedicures are offered for a complete groomed look. Grogan is thrilled with her Melrose Ave. location. “I looked at a few different retail spaces around LA, but this retail space was perfect for my business. There is definitely a difference in having a business on Melrose. Being on Melrose has an element of prestige to it, as well as the steady foot traffic,” she attests. The salon offers a variety of services. […]